Checkered Sculpin Cottus sp.S1 (Highly state rare)  -  S2 (State rare)  -  Western MD only    
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Chordata   >   Class Actinopterygii   >   Order Scorpaeniformes   >   Family Cottidae   >   Genus Cottus   

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The Checkered Sculpin is an undescribed sculpin species in the genus Cottus that is endemic to the Potomac River drainage of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. It appears to be restricted to limestone and springs runs. It was formerly considered part of the Slimy Sculpin (C. cognatus) complex, but now seems universally considered deserving of full species status.

There are 11 records in the project database.

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A Checkered Sculpin in Washington Co., Maryland (7/25/2012). Photo by Matt Tillett. (MBP list)

A Checkered Sculpin in Washington Co., Maryland (10/20/2012). Photo by Matt Tillett. (MBP list)

Checkered Sculpin in Maryland (8/1/2020). (c) trinectes, all rights reserved. Photo by Robert Aguilar, SERC. (MBP list)

Checkered Sculpin in Maryland (8/1/2020). (c) trinectes, all rights reserved. Photo by Robert Aguilar, SERC. (MBP list)

A Checkered Sculpin in Washington Co., Maryland (8/1/2020). Photo by Emilio Concari. (MBP list)

A Checkered Sculpin in Washington Co., Maryland (8/1/2020). Photo by Emilio Concari. (MBP list)

A Checkered Sculpin in Washington Co., Maryland (8/1/2020). Photo by Emilio Concari. (MBP list)

A Checkered Sculpin in Washington Co., Maryland (8/1/2020). Photo by Emilio Concari. (MBP list)


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